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Hampstead Heath Extension

Hampstead Heath Extension, looking east, October 2000. Photo S Williams

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The land for Hampstead Heath Extension was acquired from Eton College in the early C20th. It is a sloping grassland with a number of old hedgerows, mature oak trees and a series of 7 ponds fed by a stream, one of which is an old field pond. The lower part of the slope has playing fields, while at the upper part the fields are managed for hay. To the north it is separated from Hampstead Garden Suburb by a boundary wall punctuated by a raised terrace known as Sunshine Corner.
Hampstead Heath Extension from Sunshine Corner, October 2000. Photo S Williams
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Hampstead Heath Extension from Heathgate entrance to Sunshine Corner, October 2000. Photo S Williams
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Previous / Other name: The Wyldes
Site location: Hampstead Way/Wildwood Road
Postcode: NW11 6UX > Google Map
Type of site: Public Open Land
Date(s): early C20th
Designer(s):
Listed structures: LBII: Walter Field Memorial Drinking Fountain; The Great Wall
Borough: Barnet
Site ownership: City of London Corporation
Site management: Open Spaces
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities: Sports fields
Events:
Public transport: Tube: Golders Green (Northern)
Hampstead Heath Extension from Sunshine Corner, October 2000. Photo S Williams
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Hampstead Heath Extension from Heathgate entrance to Sunshine Corner, October 2000. Photo S Williams
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The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/07/2005
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

Fuller information:

Hampstead Heath falls within 2 London boroughs, the largest proportion being in LB Camden, with 44 hectares in Barnet. See Hampstead Heath (q.v.) in LB Camden for main history. Hampstead Heath Extension was acquired from Eton College in the early C20th. It is a sloping grassland area with a number of fine old hedgerows, a series of 7 ponds fed by a stream, one of which is an old field pond, the others dug between 1907 and 1915, and trees include mature oaks. The lower part of the slope has playing fields, while at the upper part the fields are managed for hay. The Walter Field Memorial Drinking Fountain is north of junction between Hampstead Way and Wildwood Road. To the north it is separated from Hampstead Garden Suburb by a boundary wall which is punctuated by a raised terrace in the form of a rectangular lawn, Sunshine Corner (q.v.), at the end of Heathgate. The wall running west of the terrace from Heathgate to Hampstead Way is known as The Great Wall and was designed by Charles Wade for Parker and Unwin, inspired by medieval town wall. Along the Wall are a series of garden pavilions for the houses behind, each with a gazebo overlooking the heath, designed in the style of Lutyens. It was intended to run east to Wildwood Road but only the west part was built by 1914.

Sources consulted:

Michael Waite, Daniel Keech, Meg Game, 'Nature Conservation in Camden', Ecology Handbook 24 (London Ecology Unit), 1993; Jan Hewlett, Ian Yarham, David Curson, 'Nature Conservation in Barnet', London Ecology Unit, 1997; Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998); The Parks Agency 'Commons, Heaths and Greens in Greater London. A short report for English Heritage', 2005
Grid ref: TQ258879
Size in hectares: 30.06 (within Hampstead Heath)
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Yes: Common (CL18)
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name: CAs on fringes of Heath
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Metropolitan Importance
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: Yes
Special Policy Area:
Other LA designation: Metropolitan Park
   

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